The Mamanuca Islands are located just off the coast of Denarau Island in Fiji. The Mamanuca Islands offer crystal clear waters, palm fringed sandy beaches and live coral reefs – the perfect location for snorkeling, swimming, parasailing, windsurfing, dolphin-watching and more.

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The Mamanuca Islands of Fiji are a volcanic archipelago lying to the west of Nadi and to the south of the Yasawa Islands. The group, a popular tourist destination, consists of about 20 islands, but about seven of these are covered by the Pacific Ocean at high tide.

The Mamanuca Islands, just off the coast of Denarau Island offer crystal clear waters, palm fringed sandy beaches and live coral reefs. There are islands, villages, great resorts to visit, snorkeling and swimming. The Mamanucas are a chain of 20 islands near Nadi and Denarau. One of the most established resort areas in Fiji, the Mamanucas provide a stunning array of activities for all types of travelers.

Image Source: Beachcomber Island Resort
Beachcomber Island Resort

In surroundings beautiful enough to star in 'Cast Away' and 'Survivor: Fiji' these islands offer parasailing, windsurfing, dolphin-watching, famous dives such as the Big W and Gotham City, some of the best surf breaks in the world, and just about any other activity you can do on or under water. Young or old, party animal or looking for a family holiday, there's an island for everyone.

Myth says that Fiji's story begins about 1500 BC with a voyage of giant war canoes from Taganika north of Egypt. Leading the armada on the giant double hull canoe "Kaunitoni" was warrior Chief Lutunasobasoba with a special cargo – a magical box called the Katonimana (the Box of Blessings). Around Matamanoa, Mana and Likuliku, they met bad weather and the "Box of Blessings" slipped into the water.

Lutunasobasoba gave orders to let it go, believing it was the will of the gods. Lutunasobasoba then named the three Islands Mata-manoa (meaning "eye of the strong wind"), Mana ("magic") to mark the area where the Box of Blessings fell, and 'Likuliku' because it was here the armada experienced calm waters again. Lutunasobasoba gave specific instructions that no one was to ever try and retrieve the "Katonimana" and predicted that this group of islands would be a great source of prosperity for the Fijian people in the future. To this day, some believe that this box is still buried.

Resorts in the Mamanucas are varied with high-end travelers accommodation through to accommodation for backpacker/budget conscious travelers.

For more information on where to stay and what to do, visit our Mamanuca Islands directory.

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